I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...
"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe
Monday, February 3, 2014
My 6th grade homeroom students were up in arms this morning over the Superbowl - how it was a horrible game, how the commercials were terrible, yah-da-yah-da-yah-da.
After awhile (and once most of the students had entered the classroom), I stopped them and said, "If you guys would get this impassioned about your faith just once! Instead, you're talking about a football game that, in the grand scheme of life, has no bearing at all." To this, most just stopped and stared at me. And then it was pretty much time for class to begin.
But, seriously, if you think about it - imagine what a difference it would make if people...
- talked openly and passionately about their faith like they do about sports, movies, and music
- were more interested in reading about the Church teachings than the latest celebrity gossip or latest heartthrob teen novel
- spent more time in face-to-face conversations than via texting or social media
The list could go on and on, but I think you probably get my point. What has our society come to? Where are our priorities? Is this who we want to be as a whole - empty, rude, self-centered/me-focused...?
In my Bible Study small group tonight, we ended by discussing the idea of action steps - What can we do this week to try to be better Christians in our daily lives? Small, practical steps - that's all.
So, tonight, I ask myself, What can I do to make a difference of making Jesus and the Catholic/Christian faith a more important & visible part of my life this week? (And I'll give myself a little time to think about my answer.)
And I encourage you to do the same...